Thursday, December 14
God’s program to make us more like Christ, i.e., sanctification, is progressive. The core of that is to love God. The more we love him, the more we will worship him, and the more we will bear fruit. That’s why Jesus rebuked the Ephesian church in Rev. 2; they had lost their first love. He called them to repent, to get back to that first love. Since sanctification is progressive, my love for God should be greater today than it was yesterday. Anything short of that is the beginning of “backsliding.” We need not be obsessed with this, but we should be aware of it. If my study of the Word and/or my prayer time is diminishing or becoming perfunctory, it would be well to read Jesus’ words to the Ephesian church in Rev. 2:1-7. The best time to stop a slide is when we notice we’re slipping. Take time to read Psalm 73 and take note especially of vv. 2 and 16-18.